What is the single word that describes a person who always gossips? (For example, telling things about others which are not true.)
Er... perhaps a gossip? You may also see gossipmonger and gossiper, but in US English just plain old gossip is the standard noun.
As onomatomaniak said, a person who habitually spreads rumors or engages in indiscreet talk (ie. gossips) can be referred to as a gossip. One thing to note, this would be independent of whether the things he or she tells are true or not.
Alternatively, you could also describe such a person as a rumourmonger, or even a scandalmonger, depending on the nature of the gossip and the intent.
One might call such a person a quidnunc, although that might be thought somewhat out-of-date nowadays. Merriam-Webster suggests quidnunc is more likely to be someone keen on hearing the latest gossip than repeating it, but I have never met anyone who just listened to scandal and rumour without passing it on.
Taleteller: One who tells tales or stories, especially in a mischievous or officious manner; a talebearer; a telltale; a tattler.
Slanderer: One who makes false and injurious statements about another, one who slanders, one who defames, one who maligns.
Backbiter: One who slanders, calumniates, or speaks ill of the absent; person who says nasty things about another person behind the second person's back: that is, out of sight and hearing of the second person.
One who tattles (reports others' wrongdoings), often by a child seeking attention. (Wiktionary)
P.S. You did say that the person always gossips, whether what they say is true or not. The fact that they do it a lot could mean that the person thrives on it, and suggests that it might be child-like, attention-seeking behavior.
Gossip should be your top answer but you should consider blab, too. It means an incessant or indiscreet talker. Hope that will help you mate.
Gossip or gossiper. People can also say blabber (root word: blab).
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